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Celebrities headline new Showtime series on climate change

Showtime is trumpeting a “documentary event” on its network slated for 2013 that will provide in-depth perspectives on climate change. Called Years of Living Dangerously, the series will involve some of Hollywoods top producers and several A-List actors.

The premium cable network plans to air 6 to 8 one-hour episodes, to be produced by filmmaker James Cameron, producer Jerry Weintraub, former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, 60 Minutes producers Joel Bach and David Gelber, as well as climate expert Daniel Abbasi.

Joe Romm, who writes the blog, will serve as a technical advisor.

“We’ll make it exciting,” said Cameron in a statement. “We’ll make it investigative. We’ll bring people the truth. And people are always hungry for the truth.”

Actors Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, and Alec Baldwin will narrate the program and Ed Norton is expected to join, Showtime says.

“The recent devastation on the East Coast is a tragic reminder of the direct link between our daily lives and climate change,” said Showtime executive David Nevins.

Related link: The whole truth about Superstorm Sandy and climate change

The series will also engage several journalists who have covered the climate change issue.

“Reporting from the field is a dream team of New York Times journalists including three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas Friedman, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas Kristof, as well as renowned columnist Mark Bittman, and MSNBC host and political commentator Chris Hayes, among others,” the Showtime release says.

This appears to be the first multi-episode documentary on climate change to be aired by a major network. From the past, some notable single episode documentaries include:

* HBO’s “Too Hot Not to Handle” in 2006.

* The Discovery Channel’s “The Great Warming” in 2004 featuring Alanis Morissette and Keanu Reeves.

* Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” in 2006, which made a national run in theaters

Related links: 5 Best Global Warming Documentaries | Climate change documentaries list

Jason is the Washington Post’s weather editor and Capital Weather Gang's chief meteorologist. He earned a master's degree in atmospheric science, and spent 10 years as a climate change science analyst for the U.S. government. He holds the Digital Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.

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